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Various Clubs . . .

Shakhtar home jersey UCL 2012

Shakhtar Donetsk home jersey UCL 2012

The Shakhtar Donetsk home jersey for the season 2012-13. The image is from a UEFA Champions League match against Chelsea during the 12-13 campaign.

 

Shakhtar home jersey 2012

 

And the name and number kits in cyrillic letters. The photo is from the Shakhtar Donetsk locker room.

 

Shakhtar Donetsk locker room

 

 

 

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Real Madrid

Real Madrid home shorts 12-13

Real Madrid home shorts 12/13

The Real Madrid home short for the season 12-13 is white with blue stripes.

The shorts numbers are in the same style as the back numbers for the jersey.

They even include  the RM club logo at the bottom of the number.

 

 

Real Madrid home shorts 12-13

 

 

The adidas logo is placed on the backside of the shorts.

 

Real Madrid home shorts backside

 

 

 Also the clima cool logo is on the backside of the short. So if the shorts number is included there ornamentation front and back on both legs.

 

Real Madrid shorts number 7

 

The shorts come with a string in order to adjust the width.

 

Real Madrid shorts waist elastics

 

The strings come with an interesting detail since they carry the club name.

 

Real Madrid shorts strings

 

 

 

 

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Product Reviews Various Clubs . . .

Review: FC Copenhagen home jersey 12-13

Review: FC Copenhagen 12-13 home jersey

By Christiaan Husing , San Jose, California

I enjoyed my visit to Copenhagen and have a fondness for Denmark and the Danish people. I’ve been a football fan since my youth and have amassed a large football shirt collection. I have worn many shirts from many clubs from many manufacturers.

 

FC Copenhagen have been my Danish side for some years. I have owned a number of FCK shirts from the early 2000s onward.

 

In recent years, Kappa’s line of replica shirts have not been the best for supporters. Tight-fitting, they look good on athletes but not necessary on out of shape or aged supporters! The Kappa logo, with its naked man and woman, has embarrassing connotations in the United States.

 

Thankfully, for the 2012-2013 season, FCK have paired with Adidas to provide a line of classic replica shirts and training wear. The 2012-2013 FC Copenhagen home shirt merges Adidas’ classic style with FCK’s recent history.

 

 

 

The shirt is light and features Adidas’ Climacool fabric which is moisture-wicking. I first wore it doing some cleaning work and felt just as dry after I was finished as when I put it on.

 

The three Adidas blue stripes on the shoulder are a classic look and the FCK emblem is embroidered on the chest. The FCK logo definitely attracts attention with its blue lion and the Danish flag makes the shirt stand out here in America. With the Carlsberg sponsors logo screen printed on the chest, nobody will mistake this shirt as being from Major League Soccer!\

 

Adidas shirts tend to be fond of collars, which while historical, do not please me from a style standpoint. Thankfully, this shirt does not have a collar. Unlike the Kappa shirts, the replica is cut for a more comfortable fit and will accommodate those who are thin and those who are not-so-thin!

 

What makes this shirt stand out more from past FCK shirts is the addition of “1992-2012” in gold on the back neck line in gold font. This celebrates the 20th anniversary of the modern FCK club.

I recommend the shirt to all FCK supporters and congratulate Adidas on their effort!

 

 

 

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Manchester United Product Reviews

Review: Man United home youth jersey 10-11

 Review: Man United youth jersey 10-11

 

by MM Sports Joker ambassador AH

Today I am writing a review of a Manchester United boy’s medium size jersey. First off, my daughter Marley is 10 years old and loves Manchester United. Her favorite player is Wayne Rooney. Her eyes lit up when this jersey arrived in the mail. I own a few United jerseys and my 9 month old son has United baby clothes so my daughter was stoked for this. I think there is a family picture in our near future. But back to the jersey. It is in last year’s style with a white collar that you can stick up and pretend you are Eric Cantona wearing his old Sharp jersey from the 90s. The Aon logo is prominent on the front of the jersey with the Nike swoosh above the right breast. Above the heart is the United crest but on the inside of the jersey on the backside of the crest, it says “BELIEVE”.  That is an awesome touch to it. Every United fan knows that you never give up or stop believing. While Sir Alex Ferguson is manager, the team will always have that dynamic that they can overcome any obstacle. True Reds always believe. On the left front there is a small patch that says “Authentic designed to the exact specifications of the championship athletes.” Also on the patch is another swoosh and a 9 digit number. The right front has DRI FIT stitched on it. A stripe runs from shoulder to shoulder with a devil on the left shoulder. Behind the collar on the back is a MUFC. The fabric feels nice and cool on your skin according to my daughter. “This is the coolest Jersey in the entire world,” Marley said. “I am so happy to wear this.” Then my daughter went on to sing the Gary Neville song. This jersey is truly great and would be a treasure for any young United supporter. Any parent who loves their kid should buy this now.


Manchester United home jersey 10-11 youth

 

 

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FC Barcelona News

FC Barcelona jerseys 2012-13

 FC Barcelona jerseys 2012-13

For the season 2012-13 FC Barcelona will get 2 new jerseys.

A blue-red home jersey.

An orange-yellow away jersey.

Furthermore there will be 2 new goalie jerseys.

A black home jersey.

A navy/blue away jersey.

The black away jersey for the season 2011-12 will continue as the 3rd jersey for the season 2011-12.

The new design for the home jersey goes in the opposite direction from what was the design of the season 11-12.

There will be 3 broad stripes with blurred edges.

The away jersey will also make use of the design model with the blurred edges. Here the integration in pattern will not be horizontally though but rather vertically. Top of the jersey being orange edging towards yellow at the bottom.

The name and number kit for the home jersey will almost certainly be yellow.

For the away jersey one might suspect that the color would be navy.

For the black third jersey (carry-over) the name and number kit will continue to be yellow.

 

 

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Juventus News

Juventus jerseys 2012-13

Juventus soccer jerseys 2012-13

For the season 2012-13 Juventus will sport 2 new jerseys. A black-white striped home jersey. A black away jersey. The pink away jersey for the season 11-12 will continue as the third jersey for the season 12-13.

Most likely the name and number set for the home jersey will be yellow. For the away kit a good guess would be white. It is still to be confirmed though. If the black name and number kit for the away jersey 11-12 will change for the season 12-13 is TBD but most likely it will not.

Designwise few new details are present for the home kit. Black white stripes – Nike Swoosh – Juve clublogo all familiar elements which will also be on the jersey 12/13. The current sponsor betclick might continue or not but no design major changes there either.

So what might be the driver for the Juve jersey sales 12-13 should be on-pitch result or changes to the player squad. If Juve wins the title 11-12 or atleast qualifies for Champions League football + with an invigorated balance sheet partly due to the higher stadium incomes from a new arena one cannot rule out a couple of signature signings might result. And with subsequent success on pitch at the highest club level attainable the UEFA  Champions League that might activate the dormant fanbase of Juve supporters and trigger them into buying mode. The jersey design itself will probably not be able to do the trick.

A joker might be the Italian national team and their run at the EURO 2012. A European Championship to Italy might also spur an increased in the Italian calcio.

But these are all speculations so we will have to wait and see how it all plays out over the summer . . .

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AC Milan Product Reviews

Review: AC Milan home shorts and socks

 AC Milan Shorts and Socks Review

 

When it comes to the broad spectrum of merchandise offered under the license of an association football club, or any sport team for that matter, you know you will come across a wide variety of products, from those aimed at casual followers, to hardcore fans. Courtesy of MMSports, I’ve been able to review some great AC Milan products, with jerseys ranking as generally favored products and others such as the beanie hat and scarf acting as products for the slightly more dedicated fan, but of valued use. Well today, I’ve got my hands on two great Milan products essential to any heavily absorbent fan of the Rossoneri: the 11/12 AC Milan shorts and the correspondent socks. I’ve enjoyed observing these two for the sake of giving an in-depth view of all aspects of the products and their respective values. Let’s go!

 

AC Milan home shorts and socks

 

 

The Look

 

(I’ll be starting each section with the shorts, then the socks; following that, I’ll portray their function together.)

 

I’ll admit myself, I don’t consider myself to be at the dedicative level of purchasing much clothing other than jerseys and the occasional shirt when it comes to raw support for my favorite teams, but thanks to MMSports’ shipment of a pair of shorts for review, I’ve been given great insight into something that I’ve overseen for years as a football fan. Matching shorts make any jersey look much, much better. I’ll say it myself; I’m the kind of person you see outside wearing a jersey adorning a normal set of clothes, regardless as to whether I’m out playing, shopping, or otherwise, but the way that the shorts look with the jersey is just so fitting, that I find myself wearing them much more then I expect, in fact, I’m treating them a lot more like casual everyday shorts then one would think. What I’m trying to say is, there’s much more value to having your club’s shorts then just for diehard spectating and dedicated representation.

 

AC Milan’s latest set of shorts, fortunately, has not changed much at all. Milan is legendary in its iconic color scheme, as many teams are, but in my opinion, this year the shorts look better than ever. But if they have changed minimally, how can this be so? Take the following photographs into account.

 

AC Milan uniform Pato

 

 

AC Milan’s 10/11 kit, as you can see in the image on the left-hand side, sports a more focused, darker theme, with an emphasis on the large black and red stripes across the home jersey. Look around the kit, there is no white to be found, other than the shorts. So now, if you take a look at the 11/12 home kit on the right-hand side, you should get a bit of the “vibe” that I got with the shorts. With the thinner stripes, meaning less black, and the white collar and cuffs, it all comes together so much better. It’s ironic that the change in jersey improves the visual appeal of the shorts, but that’s not to take away from the value of the shorts in accordance to all AC Milan jerseys of all time, for I’ve come to learn that they just go great with anything Milan, not being Inter Milan that is.

 

AC Milan home shorts 11-12 full

 

 

To get to specifics, AC Milan’s shorts are one great big flood of maximum white. Along both sides, the symbolic Adidas stripes can be seen in a red/black/red scheme, one that matches that of Milan’s away kit stripes, as well as the general color set of everything AC Milan. It’s almost double value for the fact that these are the shorts worn in the away kit as well, so you could consider them, outside of the third kit shorts, almost universal to all jerseys of Milan. Sewn into the lower-right side of the shorts is a high-quality AC Milan emblem, just as it is on the home and away jerseys. On the back of the lower-left side of the shorts is the forever present Adidas logo, its own priceless brand of quality and clean, abstract design making itself known. Lining the outer rim of the bottom of both sides is the same, thin-line Italian national colors present vertically upon the jerseys.

 

 

AC Milan home shorts logo

 

AC Milan home shorts 11-12 adidas logo

  

The shorts pretty much go perfectly with any AC Milan top, be it a shirt, jersey, or otherwise, you name it and it looks great. The bold, total whiteout look compliments any top, obviously preferring red, black, or white clothing. Maybe the changes from previous shorts are minimal, but Adidas has really done a great job of respecting the main kit design this time; the upper-kit is a large influence upon the visual display of the shorts and really, I can’t stress enough how good they look with many different clothes, they serve the representation values of a jersey in a simply less extravagant way; I’ve been wearing them with completely unrelated shirts and they just look so good. The shorts are definitely the ideal addition to any Rossoneri fan’s set.

AC Milan home shorts

 

Ac Milan jersey + shorts taken together

 

 

Visually, the shorts are easy to see as either dedicated or casual; you could wear them to watch a match or play outside, but you could wear them when you go out in the summer and it would be no different from usual, everyday clothes. Unfortunately, the socks don’t work like that, but that’s not to take away from their value. I’ll talk more about this later but for now, here’s a review of the visual aspect of the socks.

 

AC Milan home jersey and home socks

 

 

AC Milan’s latest socks, produced by Adidas like the rest of the set, are totally black, other than a few other features. Near the top of the socks is another three-stripe design as sported on almost all Adidas products; the stripes are red, as is the text in the middle of the socks reading “AC Milan”. Near the bottom of the socks is the Adidas logo in the matching red of the other images, completing the main look of the socks. Around the feet, the socks sport many thin, colored patches and cushions, clearly for athletic purposes, and they are tinted with reds and grays. Overall, the socks look very sleek and go well, as with the shorts, with pretty much any Milan top, though you’ll be looking more to put these with a whole kit rather than just one piece.

 

AC Milan socks packaging

 

AC Milan full uniform jersey shorts socks


 

So what’s the deal with the socks? It’s very easy, they are great, and they match all Milan merchandise well, but they are what they are, athletic socks. You probably wouldn’t find yourself slipping these on when you need to go out to buy something or take a walk, but that’s not what their purpose is. They are great looking socks for playing a match and especially great when you want to really put yourself behind AC Milan as they step into a  difficult 90 minutes on the pitch. They lean a lot more to the dedicated fan style then casual follower.

 

AC Milan home socks 3 stripes

 

AC Milan home socks adidas logo

 

 

The Fit

 

Regardless of what they are for, both the shorts and socks are supposed to be comfortable, right? Luckily, Adidas has done another great job with sizing, build, and fit to make a couple of really good products here.

 

The AC Milan shorts are very, very fitting and comfortable. I recreationally play football outside and find that I need to find a nice mix between tight yet loose when it comes to shorts to play with. Well, no more, because football shorts are what any fan that plays as well is looking for. The semi-elastic waistband is easily adjustable, courtesy of the laces with which you may tighten the shorts, but you’ll find that even without using them, the shorts are tightened just right to adjust as you move. From there, the rest of the shorts are a thin and light material; you will never find them obstructing your movements. They hang with an almost featherlike grace that makes them ideal for any athletic exercise or movement. The shorts are most assuredly a great fit, all you need to do is pick a relative size and you know you can’t go wrong with the adjustability.

 

The socks are brilliant; they are a specialized fit with the fabric technologies of Adidas making themselves known. If you’re like me, you look at the packaging for something such as football socks, and you’re probably thinking, “what are these complicated words doing on sock descriptions, they’re just socks?!”. You’ll find that it’s all of the tiny little details that make them so great for slipping into your boots and moving, all the meshes and cushioning is subtle yet effective; the socks are even shaped and built around studied features of the human leg and its muscle movement! I’ve had other football socks before but they don’t quite hold up like these, others always begin to slide down quickly with minimal grip. I have zero complaints or negative comments on the socks and from an athletic and comfort perspective, they are the ultimate solution in socks. That goes for all socks of the Adidas line, obviously not just AC Milan’s socks.

 

The Final Word

 

Recently I reviewed the AC Milan beanie hat and scarf together; I was pleasantly surprised to find that though they are club merchandise takes on normal, accepted clothing, they easily seam into casual wear without a problem. I would definitely place the AC Milan shorts in that segment too, if you wear them right, they go well with certain clothes and you can hit a mix between an athletic and striking style. The same is not true for the socks, they are great in their own way, but you logically would not factor them in when getting ready to head outside for an everyday sort of activity.

 

Purpose wise, both products hit the spot. The shorts are great for slipping on with a jersey and watching AC Milan duke it out with another team and the socks are a fantastic addition as well, helping to compliment an already attractive fan set. Once again, both products are also great for athletic activities like walking or playing a sport, in the end that’s what they are designed for.

 

In the end, I think both products are very, very good, but I would consider the shorts to be perfect for any AC Milan fan, and the socks to rank more as an athletic or diehard fan’s piece of merchandise. They both fit the entire Milan look and work well with any jersey of any year, home or away, and there are definitely fewer ultimate ways to yell “AC Milan!”, then putting these on for a good, fun match of the beautiful game, no matter whether you’re playing or watching. I recommend both of these products to all AC Milan fans that are big on wearing jerseys, for these two will make the kit look complete, and you can’t beat a full set.

 

  

 

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Chelsea Product Reviews

Review: Chelsea home shorts and socks

Review: Chelsea shorts and socks

 In this blog I’ve gotten to cover a lot of things Chelsea, from scarves to home and away jerseys. There is, however, one area that I have yet to cover, and that’s any area below the belt. So a Chelsea Fan is supposed to go through life barefoot with his bits all out and about, right?  I thought so too. Then MMsports set me straight with the official Chelsea FC home socks and shorts.

 

Chelsea FC home shorts and socks combo

 

 

The official home socks are white with blue bands around the top.  CFC is embroidered in blue across the front and a blue adidas logo on the back. The socks extend all the way to the knee. The bottom of the foot has grey padding that really helps give you a little extra padding when you’re blasting shots past goalies. Because the padding is designed to be anatomically correct, the socks are labeled left and right.  The material allows for your feet to breath a bit while inside your shoe.

 

Chelsea FC home socks CFC

 

 

 

If you’re lacking confidence, draw strength from the blue four on your sole representing the 4Premier/First division championships.

 

Chelsea FC home socks sole

 

The shorts are a great addition to your Chelsea gear.  Made of the same blue Climacool material as the jersey, they do a great job of wicking away the first bit of sweat.  The Chelsea emblem adorns the right front.  The white adidas stripes run down the sides giving it that race car feel.  I received a large and they fit quite nicely, with the bottom seam falling right above the knee.  They are also roomy and don’t cling like some shorts have a tendency to do. Whether you’re running up and down the pitch or just lounging around your apartment, you’ll be comfortable and look good in these shorts.

 

Chelsea FC home shorts 2011-12

 

 

                      While I would recommend both products, if you’re only going to get one I’d say get the socks.  I’ve become a huge fan of the padding and find myself wearing them a lot with my actual boots that I wear to slog through the day to day muck and mire. I may even try using them as my ski socks on an upcoming trip.  

 

By R.P. MM Sports Chelsea ambassador – Phili , PA – Dec. 2011

 

 

 

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Product Reviews Various Clubs . . .

Review: Real Sociedad jerseys Astore

Review: Real Sociedad home and away jersey from Astore

By MM Sports’ Valencia ambassador Peter Locascio

Read the review of the Real Sociedad jerseys from Astore.

 

Real Sociedad home and away jersey review

 

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AC Milan Product Reviews

Review: AC Milan home jersey 11-12 Scudetto

 ACM Ambassador: AC Milan Home Jersey 2011/2012 (Scudetto)

 

With AC Milan now back on the field, they’re sporting more stars than ever before, brandishing formations with the likes of Robinho, Cassano, Alexandre Pato, and the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic. There’s never been a better time to stand behind a team like Associazione Calcio Milan, and fortunately, they’ve been pushing the brave styles of their jerseys more than ever this year. So now, courtesy of MMSports, I shall show my thoughts on AC Milan’s new 2011/2012 Home Jersey, including the Scudetto patch!


AC Milan home jersey Scudetto patch

 

 

 

The Look

 

As if to perform the polar opposite of the 2010/2011 home jersey design, AC Milan went back to old ways this year. Last year, Adidas and AC Milan introduced a jersey with large vertical stripes bathed in shades of black and red. What they have done now is pounce back to the older styles of many stripes and in fact, the new AC Milan jersey has twenty-one thin stripes. I will not lie, the look of many stripes did not at all seem appealing to me at first, but as I watched the team play their home matches and witnessed other fans adorning the new jersey, it began to strike me as a very attractive design choice. Once visions of the old jersey faded away, I grew a new appreciation for what could perhaps be Milan’s best home jersey yet! Aside from the stripe altercation, the second most significant change could just be the best one. As the Milan crest itself shows, white has always been an fundamental color choice of the team’s merchandise and styling, though curiously enough, it always appears absent on the team’s home jerseys. Adidas has finally changed that presumption. AC Milan’s 11/12 Home Jersey has a very sharp look with slick finesse; the jersey has a white ring neck, white sleeve cuffs, and even the signature Adidas stripes upon the shoulders are now an eye catching arctic white shade. The design is careful to keep the polar white schemes from unnecessary interference with the black and red stripes all Rossoneri  followers have come to love, and I cannot stress enough just how nice it looks. It looks great on the field, and it looks great on the street; AC Milan’s new home jersey is dashing! In addition to those core changes that have been beneficial to the design culture of Milan, Adidas performed the favor of lightly shifting the locations of the Adidas logo and the Milan crest; making them that little bit more distant in order to keep the jersey’s design clean and polished.

 

AC Milan home jersey 11-12 details

 

 

Thanks to MMSports, I received for review a version of Milan’s new home jersey that included the famed Scudetto patch! The Scudetto Shield, in the Italian league of Serie A, is representative of a league title. Since AC Milan proudly lifted the trophy last season, they will spend this season, in all competitions, sporting the Scudetto patch on their jerseys! The patch is a shield shape containing the three stripes of the Italian national flag. It is bordered with a thin golden outline. For serious Milan fans, such as myself, the value that the Scudetto patch holds is far greater than it would seem; this symbol means more than just another trophy, it represents a victory as a team and as a worldwide fan-base. For those interested in obtaining an AC Milan jersey, I would highly recommend purchasing a version that includes this patch, for its value in meaning is as fantastic as its value in style; without the Scudetto patch, the jersey loses some of its soul. Adidas made this jersey aware that it would be played with a Scudetto patch, and as such, many of the design choices revolve around the presence of that patch. Take my word for it; this jersey looks very nice with the “We won the league trophy last season!” patch.

 

AC Milan home jersey front

 

 

The Fit

 

In terms of fit and comfort, all I can say is, “Wow!”, why would I react like this? It is simple, I am without a doubt, a fan of AC Milan, and when I talk about a jersey, all Milan fans know what jumps to mind. Last year’s jersey, though it had a very nice look, did contain one basic flaw that would be the downfall of one of the most important features of sporting merchandise: inconsistent comfort. The way that the some of the colored seams met, as well as the over stretchy a
bundance of mesh material throughout the large stripes… last year’s jersey really was not all too comfortable to wear. Do not get me wrong, it was not terrible, but once I put on this year’s jersey, I knew I could never go back. Adidas threw the body mesh concept out of the window. Now, as it should be, the mesh segments are focused in the under-arm area. The rest of the jersey? Well, as Adidas continues to prove year after year, their “Climacool” technology and the fabric of their jerseys is of premium quality. The wear is silky smooth; unlike last year’s jersey, I do not feel inconsistencies in the overall design. The whole jersey is one straightforward feel, and as usual, whether you are a fan that purchases a jersey for sportswear or just casual apparel, the physical feel adapts to what you do. It is comfortable for relaxing, and it is just as comfortable for taking a jog, the new Milan home Jersey does not disappoint.


AC Milan home jersey Clima Cool

 

 

The Extras

 

In terms of extras, I mentioned the fan-essential Scudetto patch previously, but in addition, like all other jerseys, you can get this one customized with a favorite player’s name and number. That authentic customization, as well as the Scudetto patch, will make a great AC Milan set for any fan that surely will not be forgotten. One cannot forget that the Scudetto patch is a rarity; who knows when you will see it available again? If Milan wins this year’s Serie A race once more, then you can expect more Scudetto patch studded jerseys in the future, but is that a risk worth taking when you can grab the jersey of a championship caliber team with the sign of victory right now? That’s a question of how loyal your “Cuore Rossonero” may be, and I throw a personal and grateful “thank you” to MMSports for allowing me to review this edition of the jersey.

 

AC Milan home jersey details front

 

 

My final verdict on this new style for AC Milan’s home jersey is simple. With the new emphasis on a bright white trim, the reverting to more stripes as well as adding even more, and an increasingly appealing and stylish look, the AC Milan Home Jersey for 2011/2012 could be the best AC Milan jersey to date, and surely ranks among the best Adidas jersey of the season worldwide. AC Milan’s squad, as well as its fans, can be proud to sport the legendary colors of “il Diavolo” in a look as attractive as it can get. Regardless of your origins, whether you may be a heart bound Milan fan or maybe just a jersey collector, this is one to take into possession right now! I have been one of the biggest critics of the change in Milan’s home jersey, and I can tell you as I wear it now, this is hands down the new jersey to beat for the Italian champions.